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Pita Pizza with Spinach - Healthier Version

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds pork sausage crumbles fully cooked
  • 3/4 TBL thyme dried
  • 3/4 TBL basil dried
  • 3/4 TBL oregano dried
  • 1 1/2 TBL garlic diced
  • 3 quarts ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/3 cup Italian dressing low calorie
  • 5 pounds spinach fresh, washed, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 25 whole wheat pita bread
  • 3 quarts pizza sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese grated
  • 4 pounds mozzarella cheese part skim milk, shredded
  • 3 1/2 cups tomatoes washed, cored, diced

Method

  1. Sauté pork, spices and garlic in a large skillet, distributing the seasoning throughout the crumbles to blend flavors. 
  2. Place ricotta cheese and Italian dressing in a large bowl. Mix well.
  3. Fold in the spinach.
  4. Split pita bread into individual rounds.
  5. Brush the smooth side of the round with oil.
  6. Place rounds on a baking sheet, smooth side down.
  7. On each round:
    —Spread pizza sauce within ½ inch of the edges.
    —Spoon spinach mixture over the sauce.
    —Sprinkle each round with seasoned pork.
    —Add chopped tomato
    —Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
    —Top with mozzarella cheese.
  8. Bake in a convection oven preheated to 375° Fahrenheit for approximately 8 minutes or until the cheese is melted. 
  9. The pizzas can be held, uncovered, at 140° Fahrenheit or higher, but they are best served immediately.

Cooling CCP: Place pizzas on clean sheet pans. Cover and place on rack in the cooler. Do not stack pans. Allow for air to circulate around the pans. Cool to 40° Fahrenheit within 4 hours.
Reheating CCP: Reheat product to 165° Fahrenheit or higher for at least 1 minute. Hold at 140° Fahrenheit or higher to serve.


Servings: 50
Portion Size: 1 pizza round
Exchanges: 1 grain, 3 lean meat, 1 1/2 vegetable
 
Calories (kcal)...365
% Fat ... 39.4%
% Carbohydrates ...32.2%
% Protein ... 28.4%
Total Fat (g) ...16
Saturated Fat (g)... 8
Cholesterol (mg) ...49
Carbohydrates (g)... 30
Fiber (g) ... 4
Protein (g) ... 27
Sodium (mg) ... 923
Calcium (mg) ... 480
Vitamin C (mg)...20
Vitamin A (RE) ... 429